It was just a descriptive phrase offered up in a morning prayer.
But, like so many other "break through moments" in my own understanding of authentic spirituality, it hit me somewhere deep and with power.
A "neon" moment in a typical church service.
The minister prayed, describing the object of her devotion as "a God who lingers."
My faith and my experience line up on that one. The God I seek to know and experience is surely "a God who lingers."
Not a God who comes and goes. Nor one who grows weary and gives up. Certainly not a spiritual power or force who flits willy-nilly about my life or the lives of others.
"A God who lingers"--now there is a model for my life.
I have found that the secret to effectiveness in just about every dimension of life is almost always discovered in the staying.
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